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Why does my poor little Jack Russel itch so much?

I bathed her last night, even put lots of conditioner on waited and then rinsed well. There was not one flea in the water..so that is not the problem. She is two years old and we have taken her to the vet so many times. At one stage I gave her a small fish oil capsule every day. The Vet decided that this might be the cause of her itching. Anyway...this morning she was scratching again. Any remedies....I do not want to give her more pills and the expensive ointments from the Vet, just land up in her stomache.

I have changed shampoos so many times... I don't think so.

I used the conditioner for the first time last night. Thought it might help...that she has a dry skin.
68 mths ago

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my lab has a very similar problem what i do for him is a generous rubbing of aquas cream followed by a dusting of baby powder (the powder is to stop him licking the cream off he simply luvs to eat the stuff) this has been working for more than a year now

68 mths ago

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Our vet told us that if they like lying in the sun (as ours do) then their skin dries and they suffer from eczema. We actually had to phisically stop them from lying in the sun. Also, we found that after lying on the grass thay used to itch as well.

68 mths ago

Could be that the shampoo you are using is causing an effect.

68 mths ago

I think maybe it's the bathing and the conditioner that's the problem. Dogs shouldn't be bathed unless it's absolutely necessary for unspeakable reasons.

68 mths ago

I agree it might be dry skin, but are you 100% sure its not fleas?

68 mths ago

Alicia, This is so typical of Jack Russels. We have a short-legged, short hair version. They tend to be so hyperactive that any itch just gets them going and the greatest cause is lying belly-down on grass or walking through longish grass (bush). They then get exzema and scratch even more, ending up red, lumpy and crusty under their legs and all over their belly. We give him oil on his food very day, plus the odd fish oil or primrose oil capsule. The use of creams etc generally is a waste of time as they'll lick it off. Cortisone tablets are not desirable, but actually essential short-term to get them over a bout of exzema. Some shampoos are available but have a marginally beneficial effect. Be careful where you walk the dog. Good luck!

68 mths ago

I'll throw my opinion in with the eczema theory. I've not heard of it affecting Jack Russels, but I know other breeds get this problem. Also, if she's always scratching in the same place, there may be an allergy to her collar (?), or perhaps she has an old scratch that has not healed properly and is causing the itching?

68 mths ago

Got the same problem with with our little worsie,if we go out and leave him in the backyard he stresses so much , causes little koppies all aver his body that itch , even the vets dont knowe what it is , but methinks its because he is soooooooo spoiled that he cant take it if we leave him , but we cant help that,sometimes we just cant tahe him along and thats that.

68 mths ago

My friend's staffie also suffers with eczema. He took his doggie to Onderstepoort because the vets just couldn't help him. The doctors there put him on a course of strong cortisone tablets and cream. The treatment did help and he repeats this when the itching reoccurs.

68 mths ago

Something to do with diet. If our dog etas fatty food, then he itches.

68 mths ago

My yellow Lab had a similar problem. Reducing her meat intake and increasing the vegetables certainly helped.

68 mths ago

Alicia I also have two jack russels scratching terribly. We are at witness end. We have changed their diet various times. We had even at one stage only given on kind of food as you would do for children to find out. There are people in our neighbourhood who are having the same problems with different breed of dogs.

68 mths ago

Hi Alicia, thanks for your question, we have the same problem with one of our dogs. We have changed their diets too. We only feed them (Pedigree dried food) and the condition has improved! We also have tried creams and powders but nothing helped.

68 mths ago

Hey sparky thanx for the aquas cream tip! will try it on my two dogs!

68 mths ago

Dit kan iets soos ekseem ook wees en die conditioner het die vel verder irriteer

68 mths ago

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